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2003 Rio Grande Fly Fishing Report Archives

Historically the Rio Grande fished best in the Fall{September-October} and maybe 2 years out of 10, when runoff was low or later than usual we have the Caddis Hatch which starts in mid to late April. The mild dry winters of the late 90's have made this an almost annual event and we have been seeing the first bugs in the first week of April. In September our summer rains subside and with the end of the irrigation season in Colorado flows stabilize and fishing is the best of the year on the Rio.

Spring: First Caddis spotted in Pilar on 4/2. In April flows were 80-120cfs and fishing was great in the Box thru May. On Good Friday, 4/18, a client got a 21" Brown on a Prince nymph early in the day and 2 18" Browns later on Caddis dries. Lots of top water action later in the day and we took a bunch of Browns 13-18". I didn't see any noticeable damage to fish from continued low flows and all fish were fat and healthy. Water temps remained in the low 60*s until June and fishing continued excellent.. D&D { Moth and Caddis larva dropper} or a double nymph rig {weighted large nymph with a Caddis dropper} worked well.

Fall: Flows in August were about 50cfs {State Line}but temps got into the high 60*s by mid afternoon and fishing dropped off. Not prime yet. September was excellent with flows about 60cfs and Rita camped at Big Arsenic for 5 days{ 9/25-9/30}and fished up and down a mile or so and caught over 200 fish {guesstimate}. Again D&D combos were the best method to hit the smaller pocket water that holds some nice fish. She got a few Cutbos to 20" but mostly Browns 13-18". October was windy on most days which made fishing more difficult but the first half of the month was great on calm days. We got some snow around the middle of the month and it seemed to slow fishing considerably.

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